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05/03/1898
 
Victoria United 5 - 1 Inverness Caledonian
Kick Off:    McIlvenny, Burnett, Henderson, McPherson, Moffat (pen)        
Attendance: 0
Venue: Victoria Bridge, Aberdeen
Highlanders at Torry.
Inverness Caledonian were the Vics' opponents at Torry in a friendly. A more miserable day for football could scarcely be imagined, and it was astonishing that so many turned out to witness the game. Vics were first dangerous, and McIlvenny opened the scoring. Inverness were not long in getting even, a good shot taking effect. Thornton's leg gave way again, and he had to leave the field. At the request of Inverness, Grant filled the vacancy. The home team had most of the play, and before the interval Burnett gave them the lead.
The second half opened with slow play by both teams, the heavy ground being accountable, Henderson and McPherson both scored for United. Towards the finish Cornett fouled within the 12 yards line, and from the penalty Moffat put on the fifth and last goal of the match, which ended - Vics 5, Caledonian 1.

Short Kicks.

The footballer defies the weather, and the enthusiastic spectator evidently could not exist without seeing a game every Saturday.
We were quite astonished to see so many attend the games in such wretched weather as was served out on Saturday.
Vics experimented with their team, Kilgour (Reserves) and Moffat playing back. Thornton reappeared at half after a long absence.
Allan (back) is now a braw, braw, sodger. He has joined the horse artillery. His brother (the late goalkeeper) is now playing for Millwall Athletic.
When the first half was about half done, Thornton's leg again gave way. We are afraid he won't be able to play much this season. Captain Dan was off through indisposition, and Dundas is amongst the list of injured.
The Inverness team showed a fine sportsman spirit in requesting that another man should take Thornton's place.
The visitors at times gave glimpses of good play, but could not keep it up long enough to be of any use.
Cornett was by far their best man.
The Vics played a pretty game all over, McPherson being, if anything, best of the forwards. Finlay was most prominent of the others.
Vics v. Aberdeen play their Northern League fixture at Torry on Saturday. There will, no doubt, be a monster gate.
The Blues have been most unfortunate with their team this season. No sooner do they get it into working order than something comes to knock it out of joint.
They are on the track of a new back for Allan and a surprise packet may be trotted out.

Source: Bon-Accord, 10th March 1898

 
At Victoria Bridge Grounds, Aberdeen. Teams: United: Findlay; Kilgour, Moffat; Russell, Thornton, Mackenzie; Macpherson, Burnett, McIlveney, Henderson, Ritchie. Caledonian: Macdonald; Cornett, Fotheringham; J. Macdonald, Godsman, Forbes; Finlayson, Smith, Sinclair, Fraser, Sutherland. Mr Thomson, Orion, was referee. The half-time result was two goals to one in favour of the United. In the second period the Caledonian failed to add to their score, and the United, having got other three goals, won by 5 to 1.

Source: Aberdeen Journal, 7th March 1898

Victoria United Teamsheet:  Findlay; Kilgour, Moffat; Russell, Thornton, Mackenzie; Macpherson, Burnett, McIlveney, Henderson, Ritchie

Bookings:

Inverness Caledonian Teamsheet:  Macdonald; Cornett, Fotheringham; J. Macdonald, Godsman, Forbes; Finlayson, Smith, Sinclair, Fraser, Sutherland

Bookings:

Referee: Mr. J. Thomson, Orion

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